Top 40 Container Carriers

2016 is shaping up to be a difficult year for the JOC's Top 40 Container Carriers. Container lines are struggling against overcapacity and slack demand that they seem unable to shake. While container ship scrapping is set to reach record levels in 2016, the impact on overall global capacity is unlikely to provide ocean carriers any sustained relief.

Acquisitions have also reshaped the industry this year, with CMA CGM completing its takeover of NOL and its APL brand. Cosco Shipping and China Shipping Container Lines in February completed their merging into China Cosco Shipping and Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company have also agreed to a merger.

2016 is also noteworthy because of the redrawing of vessel-sharing agreements that have come to dominate the industry. In 2016 shippers learned that from April 2017 the 2M Alliance will now have three members, Maersk Line, Meditteranean Shipping Co., and Hyundai Merchant Marine. The Ocean Alliance of Evegreen Line, Orient Overseas Container Line, China Cosco Shipping, and CMA CGM, including its recent NOL acquisition, will be the largest on east-west trades. The last major VSA is known as THE Alliance and is made up of Yang Ming Line, Hanjin Shipping, MOL, "K" Line, NYK Line, Hapag-Lloyd, and UASC.

 

Previous rankings

Top 40 Container Carriers, U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-December 2015

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, January-December 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, January-December 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, January-September 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, January-September 2014 

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, 2013

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, 2013

Top 40 Carriers in U.S. Containerized Trade in the First Half of 2013

Top 40 Carriers in U.S. Containerized Trade in 2012

News & Analysis

The financial benefits of a merger between Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company could begin to materialize for both liners as soon as next year.
26 Aug 2016
Hapag-Lloyd shareholders Friday paved the way to a merger with United Arab Shipping Company and creation of the world’s fifth-largest container shipping line.
Hanjin Shipping has until Sept. 4 to meet the conditions set by its creditors, and the South Korean government has expressed reluctance to bail out the struggling container line.
25 Aug 2016
Hanjin Shipping on Thursday submitted its plan to boost liquidity to the Korea Development Bank.
25 Aug 2016
APL’s tie-up with CMA CGM has allowed the Singapore liner to re-enter the India-Europe trade lane.
Hanjin Shipping has not been as fortunate in its liquidity crisis as compatriot Hyundai Merchant Marine, which reached an agreement with creditors in June.
23 Aug 2016
Hanjin Shipping will submit a plan to raise liquidity to its largest creditor, the Korea Development Bank, on Thursday.
19 Aug 2016
Hanjin and HMM’s U.S. imports and exports were down in the first half compared with the same period a year ago despite general growth in both.
16 Aug 2016
Hanjin Shipping, the biggest of South Korea’s shipping outfits, swung to a loss in the second quarter.

Commentary

How can alliances maintain enduring links with hubs if the alliances themselves are constantly in flux?